Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ebook available for $3.99
Illustrated by Charlotte Holley
In ‘Fenella and the Magic Mirror,’ Henderson captures the tone and precision of language one would expect from traditional folklore, yet at the same time he infuses it with a contemporary, ironic humor. The Princess Fenella is a modern woman—and a bit of tom-boy as well ... living (literally) in a faerie tale world; she finds herself not merely “locked in a castle tower,” but “kept in durance vile”... but, no helpless maiden awaiting rescue, it is she who must escape to confront the dragon threatening the kingdom (and contemplating some rather cleverly disgusting recipes to use for his captives)—and it is up to her to save the knight!
“’WHO DARES INSULT FAFFER THE GREAT? YOU SEAL YOUR FATE! YOUR VOICE SOUNDS GIRLY AND THIN. HOW DID YOU GET IN?’ demanded the dragon in furious block capitals...”
While honoring the conventions of faerie tales, though in tongue-in-cheek fashion, this delightful fantasy is a fun read—but with (perhaps) a refreshingly, all-too-realistic ending...
Review by Mishka Zakharin, Reader and Author of The Spleen of Fiery Dragons, among others